Justices Set To Clean Up Attys' Fees In Copyright Cases

By Bill Donahue (January 20, 2016, 9:41 PM EST) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take on his case, it wasn't exactly a new experience for Supap Kirtsaeng.

Three years prior, Kirtsaeng had won a landmark high court ruling that copyright's first-sale doctrine applied even to works sold overseas — meaning textbook giant John Wiley & Sons Inc. couldn't sue him for importing cheap foreign editions and then selling them for a profit in the United States.

But following that victory, a federal district judge and the Second Circuit then refused to order Wiley to pay the legal fees Kirtsaeng had incurred defending the suit, so the...

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